It is one of the highest expressions of non-competitive motoring: the Ferrari FXX does not stand out simply because of the incredible performance of its 860 horsepower delivered by the 6262 cc V12 engine, but also because of the programme of technical collaboration that exists for its “owner-test drivers” who have acquired the 30 car built solely for track use. Over the past couple of years, 2006/2007, they have taken part in a special research and development programme, continued over the three year period 2008/2009/2010 and runs on 2011 thanks to the addition of a specific kit, which was produced as a result of feedback from these “owner test drivers”.
Thus, power has increased from 800 to 860 Cv at 9500 rpm, while the time needed to change gear has dropped by 20 milliseconds to 60. It also boasts a new electronic traction control system, developed with engineers from the Gestione Sportiva, based on suggestions from the owner group. Nine settings are available, controlled by a lever on the tunnel, this solution allowing the FXX’s handling to be adjusted to suit every corner. This provides a driving experience similar to that of an F1 car where the drivers want to get the most out of the car while also reducing tyre degradation. Worth noting that the lap time of the evolution FXX around the Fiorano track has dropped from 1’18” to under 1’16.” Other new elements on the package include
a 25% increase in aerodynamic efficiency thanks to new rear wings, a new lip and a new rear extractor. The front suspension has been revised with a new set-up, while the brake system is more efficient with Brembo Composite Ceramic Material (CCM) discs.For 2010 the programme remains unchanged and this is what makes the FXX really unique. As before, the programme consists of a package of events on famous tracks, in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as making an appearance at the end of season Ferrari party as part of the Challenge’s Finali Mondiali. Fifteen technicians from Maranello oversee the programme, including engineers, electronics specialists and mechanics, with all the work carried out in a truly professional manner. A day’s programme begins with an installation lap, followed by two timed laps and then the rest is down to the choice of the driver. At the end there is always a very serious debrief, as the role of these owner-test drivers is greatly valued by the engineers. In fact, these tests represent not only a learning curve for those driving, but also a font of information for those who will go on to design future Ferraris at the highest level. The first result of this work has been the 430 Scuderia, which has adopted some solutions that have been derived from the FXX, which completed 16,500 kilometres in 2006 and 18,500 the following year, with changes mainly to the aerodynamics, mechanical componentry and electronics. The base version had no less than 38 data acquisition terminals, while the evolution FXX has still more which can additionally record such elements as the steering angle and brake pump pressure. Drivers therefore get a complete picture of their driving style which helps in passing on their impressions to the engineers. It is a closely observed and professional dialogue involving both parties. Of course, the owner-test drivers are free to use their own FXX at private sessions at other tracks. If they wish to do so, their cars can be kept at Maranello, with Ferrari providing the transport to events.